Press Release

Arc, a joint venture launched by du and Batelco, has been appointed by Emergent Telecommunications LL (Emergent) as the lead consultant for the Orient Express submarine cable system. Arc will provide consultancy services related to network configuration, tendering, supply contract negotiation and documentation, and overall project management for the Orient Express cable.

The Orient Express cable will directly connect the UAE and Pakistan, enhancing the bilateral commercial relationship between the two countries. It will fit into China’s belts and roads strategic trade policy initiative. Once complete, the Orient Express cable will offer high-bandwidth capacity, internet services, and transit facilities with low latency for local customers.

“We are proud to be supporting the first subsea cable system to connect Pakistan to the UAE directly. It is an opportunity to work closely with our partners and use our experience and expertise to make the Orient Express cable a success in the long-term,” said Mahesh Jaishankar, CEO at Arc. “This is an example of how we can help organisations across the region to connect and deploy new services that benefit businesses and end users across the region. It is an exciting project and a great partnership.”

The 1,300km cable system will link between landing points in Karachi and Gwadar in Pakistan, and Kalba in the UAE. With the support from Arc, the Orient Express will be on course to deliver the cable on time and with best-in-class technical specifications.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Arc to connect the UAE and Pakistan through the Orient Express cable. Arc has the resources, experience and knowledge to drive large complex submarine cable projects and ensure that this strategic cable system will be delivered on time, on budget, and according to best-in-class technical specifications,” said Haider Bokhari, Chairman at Emergent Telecommunications. “We connect smart digital technologies that benefit both businesses and end users. The Orient Express cable is just one more way we’re helping to deliver a digital future.”

Arc’s mission is to simplify intra-regional connectivity in the Middle East for carrier, cloud, content and major enterprises. It is led by a team of experts in data centre interconnection and ICT ecosystems in the Middle East. Emergent Telecommunications is a managed services provider with over 20 years of experience in telecoms and IT infrastructure, based in the UAE.

“At Arc, we’re seeing tremendous interest in its business model with organisations of all kinds looking for a simpler way to connect and optimise applications and services in MENA,” said Faisal Qamhiyah, Chairman at Arc. “Simple and seamless inter-regional connectivity supports innovation, transformation and growth of the digital economy in the region. Arc is taking the MENA region into the future.”

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